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* Johnny Lee Sloan, 22, Oakland Man Gets 67 Years For Shooting Spree That Left Melvin Mason Sr. Dead

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An Oakland man was sentenced today to 67 years in state prison for killing one man and shooting at three other people in a shooting spree in East Oakland in December 2005.Johnny Lee Sloan, 22, previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of 30-year-old Melvin Mason Sr. in the 7000 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland about 2:20 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2005. Sloan also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon for three other shootings a few days later.Sloan was charged with murder for Mason’s death, but prosecutor Colleen McMahon said she allowed him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Sloan had claimed that he killed Mason in self-defense because Mason was armed with a gun and it might have been difficult to get a murder conviction, McMahon said.”It was a challenging case because there weren’t any eyewitnesses,” McMahon said.She said it’s unlikely Sloan will ever get out of prison.Dressed in a yellow jail jumpsuit and sporting long, braided hair, Sloan looked straight ahead and didn’t show any emotion when he was sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman. He also declined to say anything before he was sentenced.Several of Mason’s family members said at the hearing that they’re upset at Sloan because they don’t think he’s shown any remorse for killing Mason.

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